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Across The Ditch To New Zealand - 2014

Thursday 17 April – Auckland

It’s been a while since I last took a holiday so I’m off to New Zealand to see what our neighbours are like. I flew Air NZ which was an excellent experience with comfortable seats and leg room, friendly staff, ample entertainment and delicious food.

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New Zealand, Auckland - Chateaubriand

Chateaubriand - Quiche & Rocket Salad

In a purely residential area lies this quaint little French café that has a strong following from the locals. Unlike other cafe’s, they don’t have a menu. There are a bunch of pre-prepared items to help yourself to and pay at the counter. You can have those items dine in as I did, where my quiche was warmed up and I was also offered a simple but delicious rocket salad. The quiche had lovely bacon surrounded by a fluffy filling and excellent pastry. I also treated myself to a delicious chocolate éclair. Delicious. . . . → Read More: New Zealand, Auckland – Chateaubriand

New Zealand, Auckland - Corelli's Cafe

Corelli's Cafe French Toast

There are several cafes to choose from in Devonport along Victoria Street. I chose Corelli’s Café which has an outdoor area surrounded by lots of green plants. Sitting outside, they have a nice selection of items to choose from the breakfast menu, plus a waffle menu too. I chose the French toast and was served a very generous meal, 3 slices of fluffy French toast emitting a lovely aroma, enjoyed with maple syrup, slightly sour yoghurt, slightly tart raspberry coulis, and lovely sweet grilled bananas. They also have smoothies and juices, so I enjoyed a refreshing glass of apple, carrot and ginger juice. Lovely place with friendly service. . . . → Read More: New Zealand, Auckland – Corelli’s Cafe

New Zealand, Auckland - French Cafe

French Cafe - Roasted Quail

As I slowly savoured the first few items that were presented, the couple next to me who were just leaving mentioned I was in for a treat. How right they were. Fine dining at it’s best, I enjoyed a selection of delicious, creative, and well executed dishes that delivered on flavour, all enjoyed in intimate surrounds with professional service. From the appetizer of the potato crisp, to the amuse bouche of pumpkin soup, to the house made bread with flavoured butter varieties, the start of the meal was excellent. I really loved the creativity shown in the first course of snapper cerviche. Perfectly balanced flavours presented an excellent dish. The next course was the highlight for me. The roasted quail was superb with that earthy chestnut puree. The last course of snapper was an equally delicious dish. Despite having to forgot dessert, the palette cleansing ginger and pear granita was just the perfect end to the meal. . . . → Read More: New Zealand, Auckland – French Cafe

New Zealand, Auckland - Orleans

Orleans - Peanut Butter Sandwich

An American bar with an old style feel serving up an array of American styled dishes from a modern era, the restaurant executes on interior, charm, feel, menu, and taste. I ordered the pig po boy and received a delicious version of oh so yum pulled pork. The size is small but compact leaving enough room to enjoy a dessert. I opted for the peanut butter sandwich which was a clever play on the savoury version, instead styled as a dessert. The bread was substituted for a slice / biscuit containing sultanas and not sweet, encasing the peanut butter flavoured ice cream. The grape jelly kept everything in balance and the milk was needed to cleanse the palette despite the gooey sticky peanut butter not being present. While service was fantastic at the beginning (the matra’d is fantastic), service was a bit slow at the end in getting me another glass of water but I liked the vibe, the menu, and the delicious food served up. . . . → Read More: New Zealand, Auckland – Orleans

Grill'd @ Shafto Lane - 11 April 2014

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I entered the Grill’d Shafto Lane store with high expectations of that small bite I had of the Baa Baa Lamb burger. When it was served and I took my first bite I knew those expectations were met. A burger packed full of flavour and freshness, the sweet tomato relish sticks out immediately, but then the strong flavour of the cheese takes over with the soft avocado sticking to the cheese providing a creamy richness. The salad and herbed mayo add different flavours while the delicious wholemeal bun holding everything together is delicious. But the star of the burger is the lamb. A perfectly cooked and flavoursome patty, it just oozes flavour and I’d have to say lamb is far tastier than the beef variety. The burger hit the mark in all departments and I thoroughly enjoyed it. . . . → Read More: Grill’d @ Shafto Lane – 11 April 2014

Print Hall - 8 Apr 2014

Print Hall - Spiced Mead Baba

Unfortunately my lack of hunger prevented me from fully enjoying what Print Hall has to offer. However, in the dishes I chose I was happy to have what in the end were quite light meals but still carrying flavour. The cold served entree of yabbies and smoked mussels is a really refreshing dish that allows the freshness and flavours of the seafood to shine through without being overpowered by the fennel puree. It’s a very delicate dish that is well executed but could have contained more yabbies for my liking. The smaller main took preference over the larger meals in course 3 of the menu but I was more than happy with my choice of veal pastrami. Another dish with delicate flavours, allowing the braising of the veal to shine through and combining superbly with the slight sweetness of the pickled onions and the acidity of the pickling juices to lift what looks like a nothing dish to something special. I liked the re-invented amuse bouche of cheese and crackers and the palette cleanser was also interesting but maybe a little too complex. The dessert was interesting. I liked the light sponge baba and the passionfruit sorbet with crumble, but the foam contained an unusual flavour which spoiled the dish. Very professional service in an equally smart interior space to match where one can enjoy some very carefully crafted food. . . . → Read More: Print Hall – 8 Apr 2014

Metro Indian Restaurant - 7 Apr 2014

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Each Indian restaurant is unique as the cuisine is vast depending on which part of India you go. Metro Indian Restaurant is no different. The flavour profile is completely different to that of the last Indian restaurant I visited, Grill & Chill, but the curries are still tasty. I think what stands out about Metro is the friendly service, the generous serves, and value for money. The fish amritsari contained perfectly cooked barramundi surrounded by a delicious crisp spiced batter. The Metro Chicken 65 also contained a lovely spice mix and was thoroughly enjoyable. The butter chicken didn’t carry the authentic flavour I was expecting but was still tasty. The Malabari prawn curry contained juicy king prawns in a lovely coconut, tomato, and onion based curry which was delicious. The soft silken cubes of paneer in a lovely rich tomatoey sauce also was enjoyable. The highlight for me was the lamb palak which contained chunks of lamb that just fell away in to a slightly thick spinach curry which was delicious. To mop up the delicious curries, the naans and rice were excellent. To finish, the mango and pistachio kulfi ice creams were large in serving, flavoursome, and so delicious. You certainly won’t leave here feeling hungry. A delicious meal and enjoyable dinner. . . . → Read More: Metro Indian Restaurant – 7 Apr 2014

Eat Drink Perth – Twilight Hawkers Markets – 4 Apr 2014

Smokies - Pulled Pork Roll & Slaw

What: Twilight Hawkers Markets When: every Friday 5-9pm, 8 November 2013 till 24 April 2014 Where: Forrest Chase More Info: http://twilighthawkersmarket.com/

As the afternoon wore on after my lunch at Public House Kitchen & Bar, I started to build up an appetite so a visit to the Twilight Hawkers Markets was . . . → Read More: Eat Drink Perth – Twilight Hawkers Markets – 4 Apr 2014

Public House Kitchen & Bar - 4 Apr 2014

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I decided to visit Public House Kitchen & Bar for lunch to check out their nose to tail dishes on offer for the month of April as part of the Eat Drink Perth 2014 food festival. This week’s dish is the braised pork cheek, crisp fried jowl, mango & chilli salsa with a bottle of custard & co apple and mango cider for $35. I happily ordered that and was pleased that since I didn’t want the cider as I don’t drink, without asking, the waitress checked with the kitchen and offered the same meal at a discounted price of $25. The deep fried golden brown crumbed delight encasing the smooth jowl was delicious, smooth, and rich. It paired perfectly with the tropical and well balanced salsa, providing a refreshing taste, acidity, sweetness, and bite through the chilli, to cut through the richness of the jowl. The braised pork cheeks were tender and delicious. The lovely juices and flavour of the cheeks were served with a puree and an earthy salad. A fantastic meal that I enjoyed thoroughly. I like the food served here where there is creativity, flair, and an intelligence demonstrated on the plate in the careful selection and pairing of elements that work beautifully together. . . . → Read More: Public House Kitchen & Bar – 4 Apr 2014